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Keeping Your Thermostat Low May Help You Burn More Calories

NBC News reports that there may be a new way to try to combat obesity — and it doesn’t involve exercise or nutrition. A paper published in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism claims that we may be able to take advantage of the energy balance scale and increase energy output simply by turning down the thermostat to mild cold temperatures of around 64-65 degrees. Scientists “hypothesize that setting the thermostat to a cooler temperature will make our bodies work harder to warm themselves – which means more calories burned.” They believe that cold temperature can activate brown fat, a bodily fat that warms the body by burning regular fat. The results are not meant to encourage people to use this as a weight-loss technique but rather should be considered a hypothesis that needs further testing.

Read the article published by NBC News.

Read the paper in Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism.